The Word of God is foundational to everything we do at Regent University, especially in academic pursuits. The Library is proud of our amazing collection of 1,884 Bibles in 52 languages and 46 versions, translations, and paraphrases. Our goal is to make the Word of God easily accessible and to create visual reminders of God’s Word and its importance to our work.
The Library is currently displaying a selection of its Bibles in the foyer and throughout the first floor. One example is a reproduction of the Gutenberg Bible. Experts painstakingly reproduced the binding, letters, drawings, colors and even the type of paper stock to make this a near-perfect copy of the original.
We invite our patrons who have been cleared to enter the Library to take a few moments on their next visit to enjoy the displays of these precious Bibles.
– Dr. Esther R. Gillie, Dean of the University Library
Gutenberg Bible facsimile. On display in the Library.
The Codex Sinaiticus is the oldest known surviving manuscript of the Bible. Copied by four scribes sometime between 325 and 360, the entire Bible is in Greek, the text of the Old Testament being the Septuagint. The manuscript takes its name from the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai desert, where it was discovered in 1844 by a German archaeologist Constantin von Tischendorf who brought a portion of the manuscript to Leipzig University. He returned in 1853 for more. On his final trip to the monastery in 1859, Tischendorf took 694 pages of the Bible, which he brought to St. Petersburg, Russia. The precise terms under which Tischendorf executed these transfers are disputed. In 1933, the Soviet government, desperate for cash, sold the codex to Britain for £100,000. In 1975, an additional 12 pages and 40 fragments were found at St. Catherine’s.
The Codex Sinaiticus is now split between four owners:
- The British Library in London (347 pages).
- Leipzig University Library (43 pages).
- The Monastery of St. Catherine (12 pages and 14 fragments).
- The Russian National Library in St. Petersburg (fragments of 3 pages).